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United States v. Piccinonna

United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, En Banc
885 F.2d 1529 (11th Cir. 1989)


Julio Piccinonna (defendant) was called before a grand jury to testify in an organized crime antitrust case. Piccinonna was involved in the waste disposal business and testified he was not aware of the alleged agreement between waste disposal companies not to compete for each other’s’ business. Piccinonna was subsequently charged with perjury. At trial, he sought to introduce the testimony of a polygraph expert who conducted a test of Piccinonna that revealed that he did not lie in front of the grand jury. The trial court excluded the evidence of the polygraph because of the Eleventh Circuit’s per se rule that polygraph evidence is inadmissible. As a result, Piccinonna was convicted. He appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Fay, J.)

Concurrence/Dissent (Johnson, J.)

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